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    Weʼve raised £60 to help cover Menai the rescued Olive Ridley Turtle’s further rehabilitation, tagging, tracking and permanent release.

    Brynsiencyn, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 18th September 2017

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    Menai the female Olive Ridley Turtle was found stranded on the Tan-Y-Foel beach on the Menai Strait, at the bottom of the Anglesey Sea Zoo drive in Brynsiencyn, on November 12th 2016. The turtle was still alive, and staff successfully rescued the turtle from the beach. No Olive Ridleys have ever been recorded in British waters before – the records go back to 1748!

    Although she was at first in critical condition and severely underweight, Menai was slowly warmed up and started feeding again. She was very buoyant and unable to dive – a CT scan at the Royal Veterinary College revealed the cause of this to be a lesion in her lungs leaking air. However, soon after the CT scan in February Menai started making quick progress and the buoyancy issue started to resolve itself. She also started feeding ravenously and nearly doubled in weight – she ate nearly 2kg of squid and fish every day!

    Menai is now able to dive and it is evident that she has made a great recovery and is fit to be released in the future! She stayed with us at the Anglesey Sea Zoo until June 19th 2017, when she was flown off to Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de Tafira in Gran Canaria for further rehabilitation and release into the wild.

    Olive Ridley turtles are classed as Vulnerable, so Menai's recovery, release and monitoring in the wild are important for the future of her species. We were overwhelmed by the amazing support we received from the public and businesses in the form of donations, equipment and food when we first got Menai, and are now looking to raise funds to help cover her further rehabilitation in Gran Canaria. We're also hoping to satellite track her so we’ll know what she gets up to when released into the wild!

    The centre is run by vet Pascual Calabuig and his team. Some of the turtles there have been very sick or badly injured, but all are well cared for and are being prepared for release back into the wild, so Menai is in safe hands!

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    • Anglesey Sea Zoo1 year ago
      Anglesey Sea Zoo

      Anglesey Sea Zoo

      1 year ago

      It was an emotional moment saying 'goodbye' to Menai on Friday afternoon and leaving her at the turtle rehabilitation centre in Gran Canaria. However, we will be returning within a couple of months to permanently release her into the wild. We will fit her with a satellite tag beforehand so we can follow her journey! Menai needs to be close to the warmer waters near the equator, so our plan is to take her southwest in a boat before releasing her. If anyone has access to or contacts with a suitable boat please let us know!

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    • Anglesey Sea Zoo1 year ago
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      1 year ago

      Menai has settled in well today here at the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre de Tafira in Gran Canaria. The staff here are wonderful and she is in good hands with Pascual Calabuig and his team! After her arrival yesterday afternoon, she has been moved into her own tank large with water deep enough for her to dive. She guzzled 2kg of calamari so was in good spirits today and seems recovered from her travelling, although still a little buoyant from the flight this is already improving. She's loving the sunshine and warm sea water!

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      1 year ago

      Menai takes a gulp of air at the surface of her tank... She'll only be here for another week and a bit before she flies off to Gran Canaria! If you'd like to contribute towards her further rehabilitation by booking onto one of our Turtle Talks, please ring our Admissions on 01248 430 411 for details!

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    • John Birkin

      John Birkin

      Jun 30, 2017

      Well done for looking after Menai (the name of my much loved wife who died some 7 years ago). However, she hated kalamari !

      £10.00

    • Rodney Lewis

      Rodney Lewis

      Jun 19, 2017

      Thanks for making her well again.

      £10.00

    • jessica york

      jessica york

      Jun 4, 2017

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 23, 2017

      Keep up the good work!

      £10.00

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